Ayn Rand was brilliant...driven ..intense...but oh so far from a saint or an uberminch.
very interesting and well done....definitely intriguing.
I enjoyed this biography. I learned a lot about Ayn Rand. The author did a good job conveying the major portion of information narratively. The narration was excellent too.
As someone who loved Atlas Shrugged but is also a huge fan of JFK and FDR I've struggled over the years to reconcile those extremes. This book helped me to integrate the very best of Ayn Rand's thinking without becoming a disciple of Objectivism.
There's no point. This was a gift of no value. Ayn Rand might say, "My work is me, the closest you'll get short of a mind meld."
Ayn Rand's work must be read directly if one wishes to know Ayn Rand. Even if an authors intention is good and true, then at best the product is the unintended consequence of second mind interpretations.
This biography will be best appreciated by listeners who have read or listened to Ayn Rand's works as referred. Ayn Rand's tough love for humanity is juxtaposed with some of the flaws of her personality and her philosophy, which are seemingly more of a dreamer and a revolutionary than of a thinker and a philosopher. The listeners would say, that Ayn Rand's objectivism is not so objective after all, as she often failed in her life to recognize that humans other than herself and their needs, feelings, thoughts, and rights, are also part the objective world, and that no wonder why Ayn Rand had and still has posthumously followers of more young students than of older and intellectually more sophisticated university professors. Potentially damaging to the idealistic passions of the young and Ayn Rand's beautiful and heroic ideals which are very much needed for the progress of humanity, this book does, nevertheless, help the objective understanding of Ayn Rand as a humanistic and historical phenomenon.
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What a terrible human being (Rand not Heller). I've never been a Rand fan but felt compelled to read something about her with her return to the pop-culture spotlight recently. I thoroughly enjoyed this fair and balanced biography. Neither pro nor (overly) anti-Rand Heller did a fantastic job of attempting to humanize a truly inhuman figure.
I was pretty amazed that the author was able to take the life of someone relatively boring and make it an interesting read.
Ayn Rand is interesting, but her life wasn't all that exciting. The author managed to find things about Ms. Rand's life that that helped the reader understand her legacy. The narrator did a very good job reading this one.